Friday, May 31, 2013

Pick O' the Week - May 31

Well it's the end of May and the weather is still working its way to the net, trying the fake out approach.  Cold, then hot, then blistering hot, then freezing.  But I digress...

This week in entertainment the Cannes film festival came to a close with the announcement that La vie d'Adele (or Blue is the Warmest Colour) won the palm d'or at this year's festivities.  The film has been lauded for its sensitive and honest portrayal of the relationship between its leading ladies and has been the popular choice for the prize, beating out the Coen brothers' latest to take top honours.

In other news, Hugh Jackman may be the wolverine but he's also co-starring in Prisoners with Jake Gyllenhaal (which now has a trailer), and Will and Jada Picket Smith's family has saved the world...a lot.  Oh and M Night Shyamalan is still making movies; who knew?

This week my chosen theme is nostalgia and I think I've done pretty well.  Oh just go with it.

In Theatres: Last weekend I had the unfortunate displeasure of watching Fast and Furious 6.  It was so bad I'm not even going to write a review but the one thing I CAN say is that at least the female characters didn't (mostly) have to be saved by men.  All that aside, the big one I'm excited about this weekend is Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg,  Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Mélanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Michael Caine (and on, and on).  It isn't really the star studded casting that has me excited, but the premise and what has (thus far) been a reasonably light on details trailer.  Here's hoping it lives up to the hype.

[I'm nostalgic for a time when I couldn't see the the man behind the curtain and I'm hoping the film will remind me of that feeling].

At Home:  The new season of Arrested Development, just released on Netflix and apparently the preface to what might eventually become a movie franchise (what?!).  The season changes its format a little from Arrested Development of old in that it focuses on a short series of days from the perspective of each of the various characters, rather than simply moving on with the plot of the original series (George Sr. being indited for fraud).   Worth a watch but I'm actually choosing to review the original series instead.

[Makes me nostalgic for a time when I hadn't seen the original series becuase it would mean I could watch it again for the first time].

On TV:  Matt originally turned me onto this pleasant little show, which follows the adventures of a group of public health nurses and midwives working in the east end of London circa the nineteen-forties.   While the show is pleasant, it's certainly a little graphic (being about childbirth and all) so those who are squeamish may want to proceed with caution.  That said, I can't say I've seen an episode I didn't enjoy.  Call the Midwife was available on Netflix (it's still available to US customers through their DVD service) and airs on BBC, BBC America and BBC Canada.

[The show's a little revisionist and goes for that, "When everything was simpler" aim.  Just take a look at the head nun's reaction to women seeking abortions or the midwives' reaction to having to deliver the baby of a women from the West Indies.  For simplicity's sake it works and it's certainly much more pleasant but I dare say not terribly accurate].

Retro Re-Watch: From a bygone era when we were all swooning over Macaulay Culkin (did that every happen?) and Devon Sawa (that DEFINITELY happened), comes Now & Then.  When childhood friends (Rosie O'Donnel, Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith and Rita Wilson) reunite to catch up one summer, they find themselves remembering a special summer in 1970 when they had an adventure.  The film then follows their younger selves (Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffman, Thora Birch and Ashleigh Aston Moore respectively) through the events that would shape that summer.  It's typical 90's fare but quite entertaining.  You can find it on VHS and presumably DVD, somewhere.

[This choice is a little self serving as it reminds me of my childhood visiting cousins in small towns and riding my bike around to the corner store to buy candy.  Yes it was that idyllic.  Yes, in fact we WERE bored out of our minds].

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